New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Rangers announced that they shipped defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Kevin Klein.
Despite being one of the highly-regarded defensive prospects on the team, the former No. 1 pick Del Zotto struggled to find a consistent spot on the roster under new coach Alain Vigneault.
The 23-year-old Del Zotto played only 42 of 52 games this season for the Rangers. He has served multiple stints as a healthy scratch. Del Zotto had two goals and nine assists in his fifth season with the Rangers.
The Rangers will get back an immediate need in the deal — a veteran right-handed defenseman in Klein, who is in the first year of a five-year, $14.5 million deal. He has one goal and three points for the Predators this season.